2016 Census: Queensland
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Census reveals education as Queensland’s fastest growing industry
The Education and Training sector has the fastest growing labour force of any industry in Queensland, according to latest insights from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.
The Census recorded that the industry grew almost 19 per cent from 2011 which saw it rise from fifth to third largest overall since the last Census.
Census Program Manager Bindi Kindermann said the latest Census data contained information on a state-wide scale as well as for local communities.
“From how people get to work, to what they are studying, what their jobs are and where people are moving to, this Census information tells us so much about the lives of Queenslanders,” Ms Kindermann said.
“So while the Census recorded Education as the fastest growing of the major industries in Queensland in terms of employees, the largest was still Health Care and Social Assistance – covering areas such as aged care, child care and the health sector. This grew by 14 per cent from 2011 to 2016 and was the largest employing industry in the Census nationwide.”
Census data showed Queensland was the top destination for internal migration across Australia, with 220,000 people moving there from 2011 to 2016. The sunshine state was the most common destination for people leaving New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
In the 12 months leading up to Census night, a total of 144,000 recorded that they had moved to Queensland from interstate and overseas. Of these, 54 per cent moved from interstate, in contrast to states such as New South Wales and Victoria where the majority moved from overseas.
The Census counted that almost 1.5 million Queenslanders used a car to get to work, up almost 8 per cent from 1.37 million in 2011.
The number of people recording that they walked to work fell almost 7 per cent, down from 76,000 in 2011 to just over 70,000 in 2016, mirroring a drop nationally.
The number of people counted in the Census as catching the bus to work also fell, down 5 per cent from 67,000 to 64,000, bucking a nationwide increase. Those catching the train remained approximately the same at slightly more than 42,000.
Professionals was the largest broad occupation category in the state and the country, including areas such as the arts and media, business, design and engineering, science and transport.
Management and Commerce overtook Engineering and Related Technologies to become the most popular field of study.
The third biggest field of study, Society and Culture, was also the fastest growing over the past five years, with the number of people with qualifications in the area rising 33 per cent.
Census data is available free online. Use one of our easy tools such as QuickStats or Community Profiles to access the latest data for your area or topic of interest.
For more information on Queensland in the 2016 Census, follow the link to the Queensland QuickStats page.
Information on Brisbane can be found via the following link to the Brisbane QuickStats page.
Note: The Census and Labour Force Survey both collect labour market information however are designed for different purposes and utilise different collection methods.
Differences in the collections mean they are not directly comparable to each other, they are complementary data.
Method of Travel to Work
* All data based on Place of Usual Residence
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